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Why Do Brain Injuries Happen?

A fall down the stairs is just one of many ways a brain injury can beginA brain injury can occur anytime the brain is impacted by a direct hit to the head, a force causes the brain to hit the skull, a medication causes medical damage, or when something penetrates the skull bone. There are many ways that this can happen, but there are some ways that are more common than others.

A Look at National Brain Injury Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • 40.5 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because of falls.
  • 15.5 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because a person was struck by or against something.
  • 14.3 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because of motor vehicle crashes.
  • 10.7 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because of assaults.
  • 19 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur because of other or unknown reasons.

Thus, many people suffer these significant types of injuries because of someone else’s negligence.

A Closer Look at the Causes of Brain Injuries

Some of the specific common causes of brain injuries include:

  • Car accidents. A car crash can result in an open head injury, a closed head injury, hypoxia, a direct impact head injury or a coup-contrecoup brain injury.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents can result in the same type of brain injuries as car crashes: open head injuries, closed head injuries, hypoxia, direct impact head injuries, or coup-contrecoup brain injuries.
  • Slip and fall accidents. While slip and fall accidents occur for different reasons than car crashes, the brain injuries that are suffered are often the same and may include open head injuries, closed head injuries, hypoxia, direct impact head injuries or a coup-contrecoup brain injuries.
  • Medical malpractice. The negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical provider can result in hypoxia or chemical damage to the brain.

If you or a loved one has suffered any kind of traumatic brain injury because someone else was negligent, then a legal recovery may be possible. However, you are going to need to take steps to protect your rights. You are going to have to initiate an insurance claim or court case, you are going to have to present evidence about the cause of your brain injury and the extent of your injury, and you are going to have to advocate for your fair recovery.

But, you aren’t going to have to do it alone. Instead, you have the right to contact our experienced brain injury attorneys today for a free consultation. We will advise you of your legal rights and options, and we will fight hard for your recovery. Please call us today at 1-800-800-5678 if we can be of any assistance to you.

 

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham